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Special Topics: Lean manufacturing & Six Sigma
Lean manufacturing considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. "Lean" is centered around creating more value with less work.

Six Sigma, using a set of quality management methods, seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing causes of defects and variability in manufacturing. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets--cost reduction or profit increase.

Kaizen, Japanese for "improvement", focuses on continuous improvement in manufacturing activities.

Statistical Process Control (SPC) is an effective method of monitoring a process through the use of control charts.

Learn about these and other business and process improvement tools and philosophies here.
Articles & Papers
EMS
Monday, June 8, 2009Lean Sigma, an approach that has been in practice for several years, mixes the lean manufacturing concept and problem solving approach with Six Sigma for a more efficient manufacturing process.

Tools & Methods for Lean Production Management in EA
Monday, June 16, 2008Lean manufacturing is far from a new concept, and many within the electronics assembly (EA) industry are already familiar with the principles and concepts behind it.

SPC and usage difficulties in SMT
Tuesday, November 18, 2008The idea of monitoring manufacturing processes using statistical methods goes back to the 1920s when Walter A. Shewhart, an American physicist, engineer and statistician, was engaged by the Western Electric Company in Chicago to find a way to produce their products with a certain quality level. 

Placement optimisation in a lean manufacturing environment
Wednesday, February 6, 2008Tier 2 and Tier 3 EMS companies face increasing pressure from competition in low-cost manufacturing countries to produce assembled boards at lower cost, with increased complexity and to tighter deadlines.

6.10 – Inventory management: combining business intelligence & material handling hardware
Monday, January 8, 2007Most business intelligence (BI) tools and supply chain management (SCM) applications address inventory issues from either a software perspective or a material handling perspective;.
Efficient line changeover: the key to lean manufacturing
Monday, April 6, 2009Changes in the domestic printed circuit board assembly industry have resulted in a dominant shift to a high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) manufacturing environment resulting in a high frequency of line changeovers.

Solder-bearing RF shields streamline PCB assembly, reduce costs, improve quality and eliminate signal leakage
Thursday, October 31, 2013This Tech Bulletin addresses the specific challenges involved with soldering RF shields to PCBs and explains how using solder-bearing technologies to pre-apply solder to the shields can significantly improve assembly processes and productivity, while enhancing quality of the final product.  
This issue has become especially important with the widespread requirements for RF shielding that is used in small form-factor products such as Smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices that require consistent quality within very high-volume production environments.

Nanotechnology and mathematical methods for high–performance thermal interface materials
Monday, June 16, 2008Higher power chips have resulted from a variety of new developments in the electronics industry.

 

Parts management
Tuesday, January 4, 2011Almost 30 years after the fact, we’re still asking PCB designers to “build their own fonts” (so to speak) on a daily basis, to great expense.
 
Videos
Hitachi at IPC APEX Expo 2011
Matt Wyglendowski introduces the new Sigma platform from Hitachi. The focus of the machine is flexibility, high speed placement and accuracy, and offers one of the largest component ranges in the industry.
MYDATA Automation at IPC APEX Expo 2009
Brian Duffey introduces the Flow Line for lean manufacturing.
Valor Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING 2011
Michael Ford shows off some interesting new materials management products from the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics, which are of incresaing interest to manufacturers during this time of component and materials shortages.
CES14 Audi
Global SMT Columnist Phil Stoten speaks to Marcus Keith, GM, Project Management for AUDI at CES 2014 in Las Vegas
Cogiscan at productronica 2011
Trevor Galbraith interviews André Corriveau, Co-President, Product Management of Cogiscan at productronica 2011 in Munich
Vi Technology at SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING 2010
Chris Davies, Vi Technology's sales director, shows off the 5K Perform for high-quality, high-reliability detection for boards up to 535 mm square. Equipped with Vi Technology's proven vision technology, it can inspect components down to 01005.
DEK at SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING 2011
Stefan Techau talks about the three new highlights of their product range: ProActiv, which enhances print quality; Nano-ProTek for coating stencils for improved yield; and HawkEye inspection software.
MVP at APEX IPC Expo
Machine Vision Products had five new product offerings, including the MVP Ultra V which has an accuracy of 3-5 µm, an 8 megapixel camera and a speed increase over its predecessor of 40 percent. The Ultra SPI system is a combination of 2D and 3D with a speed reaching 5" per second. The system uses real-time data resulting in very low false call rates. Another new introduction is the ID Code for bottom side inspection of selective soldering inspection and bar codes. MVP also launched two line management software systems. For more information, please visit: www.machinevisionproducts.com Video Editor: Elisangela Dahlke
WKK TECHNOLOGY PARK
From humble beginnings as a tiny single sided PCB shop in the early 50's, Hong Kong based Wong's Kong King International (Holdings) Limited (WKK) has today become one of the largest electronics industrial equipment distributors in Asia under the stewardship of Chairman and CEO Mr. Senta Wong. Its Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) business of WKK Technology Ltd. (WKKT) pulls rank as the world's Top 17th EMS business in 2005, when it made a quantum leap from its 23rd position in 2003. WKK is an EMS company which provides manufacturing services to global customers in the USA, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. For us, international certification is critical so there is "common understanding" regarding Quality Level and System which is what WKK strongly stands by. WKK have a specially built leisure facility for their workers and test sources of water and food for their health and wellbeing. They also take care of their people by providing clinical services, convenience store, gymnasium, computer/library, theatre/TV rooms etc. They wholeheartedly encourage everyone to develop whole person skills as they provide ample training and job rotation opportunities. For more information, please visit: http://www.wkkintl.com
From our Columnists
Thermal management, part 2
Friday, August 12, 2011Last month opened this discussion of thermal management, providing background as to the importance of thermal management predicated on transistor density increase, and the rise in on-chip frequencies that are combining to increase thermal energy densities on the IC.
Thermal management, part 1
Wednesday, July 6, 2011As chip features shrink, transistor density increases, on-chip frequencies rise, and so also do the thermal energy densities on the IC.
 
 
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Latest Products
Cupio Yestech Europe’s new VuData software unlocks the true benefits of YESTECH AOI system data
Monday, July 7, 2014AOI performance can be tracked through reports related to time, user, board, fault, false call, assembly, job and serial numbers. Data can be searched, sorted, filtered and grouped without need for external software. Longer term trends can be spotted, and corrective action taken, through VuData’s analysis and presentation of statistical information including part, lead and solder fail statistics, and fault classification statistics.
Dow Corning dispensable thermal pads now available in Europe from Ellsworth Adhesives
Friday, June 27, 2014The new dispensable thermal pads, manufactured by Dow Corning, have been specially designed for the Electronics market, where high performance materials are required. This innovative technology provides a cost-effective thermal management solution that enables manufacturers to quickly and precisely print a layer of thermally conductive silicone compound in controllable thicknesses on complex substrate shapes while ensuring excellent thermal management properties and reduced manufacturing cost.

Techsil provide thermal management solutions for high-performance electronics
Thursday, June 26, 2014Today’s electronics are smaller and more powerful than ever, leading to ever increasing thermal challenges for the systems designer. While fans, heat sinks, and even liquid cooling and thermoelectric devices can be used to provide enough cooling power, the problem remains to get the heat from the hot components into the cooling hardware. Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs) are designed to fill in air gaps and microscopic irregularities, resulting in dramatically lower thermal resistance and thus better heat dissipation and cooling.
Altium releases next generation vault for collaboration and ECAD design data management
Tuesday, June 24, 2014Altium Limited, a global leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), has announced the release of the next generation of Altium’s enterprise data management and collaboration platform - Altium Vault 2.0. By centralizing, managing and formalizing the component libraries, design data and team collaboration using the Altium Vault, design teams will be able to achieve significant productivity improvements and reduce potentially costly errors.

HITACHI SIGMA G5JS single-beam mounter offers technology, accuracy and flexibility with lower price tag
Wednesday, June 18, 2014Electronics manufacturers and PCB assemblers who want the precision and accuracy of HITACHI’s SIGMA Series Modular Mounters, but don’t need all that capacity just yet, can get started with the new SIGMA G5JS, a single beam version of the recently introduced SIGMA G5S, according to Tom Simpson of Hitachi High‐Tech Instruments.
Bourns announces new semi-shielded power inductor series for DC/DC converter power management applications
Tuesday, June 17, 2014Bourns, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, has announced a new series of semi-shielded power inductors.  The semi-shielded SRN model series combines the features of non-shielded and shielded inductors, making them ideal for use in DC/DC converters, which provide power management to mobile electronic devices, computers, data storage devices and consumer electronics.

Transition Automation introduces spring loaded paste retainers
Tuesday, June 10, 2014Transition Automation, Inc., unveils a new paste retainers design which improves the management of solder paste within the printing area.  The new product “SPR” helps eliminate leakage of solder paste out of the print area by way of a floating spring supported paste retainer attached to the end of the squeegee holder.   Unlike previous fixed paste retainers, the SPR applies a constant pressure downward – and glides along the stencil surface setting up a better dam and seal to prevent paste leakage.
Intersil announces first single-chip multiple channel video decoder for around-view automotive applications
Wednesday, June 4, 2014Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the TW9966 four-channel analog video decoder with a built-in analog video encoder for around-view automotive applications. Based on Intersil's market leading multi-channel video surveillance technology, the TW9966 features four analog video decoders and an analog video encoder integrated into a single chip, replacing up to five discrete components to simplify design and save board space.
MYDATA releases new MY600 Jet Printer for high-speed, high-precision solder paste application
Tuesday, May 27, 2014MYDATA releases new MY600 Jet Printer for high speed, high-precision solder paste application. The next-generation MY600 Jet Printer now enables SMT producers to achieve optimal solder joints on complex boards with a 50% increase in throughput, compared to earlier jet printer generations. Having pioneered jet printing of solder paste for electronics manufacturing, MYDATA is now introducing a further innovation to boost speed and quality.

 
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